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Comment by QuiltDragon on July 8, 2009 at 11:11am
Suzanne, Sognstitcher has a good point. It's really up to you - the design will show through to the back, so you might want to consider that. If you want to hide the quilting, choose a print for the back - no that's NOT cheating. But, if you're brave and want to see your stitching, use a color to contrast. On traditional patterns, I usually use a neutral color, but it's your quilt, so do what you feel! Barb
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on July 8, 2009 at 10:03am
Suzanne, I would just choose a color that works for the whole quilt. Changing colors will make you nuts. If it's a GFG with traditional colors, just use off white; that's what would have been used " back when".
Comment by Suzanne L/WA on July 8, 2009 at 9:43am
Now I've got another question - do I try to match the quilting thread as I go through different parts of the quilt? Or do I just choose a thread color and stick with that the whole way through? Or do I choose variegated thread to solve this problem? ANd I know Lynne is anxious to see a picture - not sure I want to show this one. I bought the top I think it's ugly) just so I could practice handquilting a GFG before I got to my really pretty GFG...LOL
Comment by Joyce Besemer on July 8, 2009 at 9:29am
Sorry I didn't get to read any emails yesterday but I'm glad to see we have another really interesting question, with comments already coming in. Good question. Where do you begin quilting? And I have to agree with most of you - when I'm working with a hoop I always begin in the center and work out. Not only does it push out any wrinkles of batting but I find it also keeps fabric stretching in check.

Hope everyone has had a great July 4th. I cannot believe how fast summer is flying by - and with all the rain we're having here in upstate NY, it sometimes begins to feel like fall already (although the garden is thriving). The ground must need the moisture however, because there is no standing water anywhere. Have a good one. Joyce
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on July 8, 2009 at 9:26am
I, too, quilt from the middle out. One caution--not everything will quilt out, even with this method. if your batting has large wrinkles/creases in it, take time to smooth them out. I learned this the hard way, and QuiltDragon is right about un-quilting.
Comment by QuiltDragon on July 8, 2009 at 6:26am
Suzanne - great advice from Lynne and Cat Lady. The reason I start in the middle and work my way out whether going around the center or up and down the rows is that if you have any wrinkles in the batting or backing (no matter how carefully you baste), working from the inside out will eventually push them out to the edges. This may mean you have to remove basting and or pins as you go. I'm very careful to do this since I quilted a very large quilt (Welcome to the Friendly Confines on my page) - I did it in sections, not necessarily continuous and I was constantly taking out quilting because of the puckers between sections of quilting. Reverse quilting is A LOT worse than reverse sewing. Enjoy quilting. Barb
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on July 8, 2009 at 6:00am
I too usually start in the middle of the quilt and work out when I am using the portable "lap" frames (in other words not the big floor frame). That means the borders are often the last thing I quilt.

It was suggested that we also write our names under the turned over edge of the binding in the same corner of every quilt we make. That way even if the label is removed, your name is still there for identity purposes as few people will take time to unsew the binding.
Comment by Lynne on July 8, 2009 at 4:33am
Suzanne,,, I always start in the middle and work my way out to the sides, then top or bottom. Sometimes if I remember, I attach my label to the back and quilt right thru it.
The reason I do this is because years ago, from our State Fair, some quilts were stolen. Only one had the label that was quilted thru it. It was recovered in Mexico,,, sold for drug money. None of the others were ever returned. A guard of the quilts was the thief. Sometimes I even put my name and other info under the label.
Suzanne have fun quilting your quilt!!! Can't wait to see a picture
Comment by Suzanne L/WA on July 7, 2009 at 9:56pm
Ok, I just got my basted quilt back from the quilter and Im ready to start hand quilting it. I have a large hoop and a floor stand for the hoop. thread and needle. But I'm not sure where to start. Do I just go ahead and place the hoop in the middle of quilt , quilt that section, and then work my way out to the edges?
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on July 7, 2009 at 5:15pm
I was pretty sure Cat Lady was pulling our collective leg about her miniscule stash! I had promised myself I would sew from my stash this year, but visiting this site regularly is like being in a quilt store every day. I just placed an order yesterday (which included 6 yards) and then saw the new Twilight Frost today--there goes next month's spending money.

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